tv House GOP Leaders News Conference CSPAN May 22, 2018 1:50pm-2:05pm EDT
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building a safe, secure and proud america. clearly, for america to be a diplomatic power, it must be a military power. it's all connected. that's why i'm so encouraged by the results we're seeing in our economy. our work to cut taxes and reduce the regulatory environment, we're seeing the lowest unemployment levels since 2000. 75% of small business owners are saying tax reform is positively impacting their business. americans are more optimistic. consumer confidence is at a near 20 year high. this is all means that people are dreaming again. they're hoping for a better life. this is all about improving people's lives and giving them an opportunity for that better life. that's why economic growth is so important. we're sending this week a major financial services bill that will unleash many street, provide more relief to our community banks. again, so much of the red tape was impacting americans, whether
they were trying to get a new mortgage for a home, purchase a car or meet other important needs. in addition to growing the economy, it's been a top priority for us to rebuild our military. this week, we consider the 2019 ndaa, our military for too long has been asked to do more with not the resources to do it. it's impacted readiness, our equipment, and we're continuing to rebuild our military with the resources that they need. it includes the biggest pay raise for our troops in nine years. and as we look to memorial day, as a reminder of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, this is a way that we can continue to support and demonstrate our gratitude to those who are serving and to those who have searchrved. with us is mike gallagher, he joined the marine corp the day he graduated from high school.
college. college. and served for seven years in active duty. he knows what the men and women are facing every day as they're on the front lines. we're grateful he's here to talk from his perspective. >> thank you very much. first of all, i would like to express my agreement with what the conference chair said. in order to protect america, we can't separate our military pair power from our economic power. not only does this product represent an increase for more ships, for training and recruiting, more sailors, soldiers, airmen and marines fordrifor addressing our readiness crisis which has claimed more of our men and women in peacetime accidents than wartime. our approach is geared towards winning the competition with china and russia that both the national security strategy make clear will define the 21st century. whether it's increasing maritime
cooperation in the indopacific, or taking a look at comprehensive chinese development efforts or our shortfalls in critical languages like mandarin, korean, russian, this bill is a whole of government approach. the military can't do it on its own. no single branch or agency with do it on their own. i encourage our calmyinolleague sign it. george cannon said you have no idea how it contributes to the general politeness of diplomacy to have a nice little armed force in the background. we need a strong economy and this bill is a significant improvement and a huge step towards turning around the cuts in our defense we've seen in the
last seven years in particular. thank you very much. >> well said. thank you for your service to our country and to all our men and women who sacrifice and risk their lives for our freedoms. when you look at the ndaa, we're going to whip the bill today. there will be a lot of amendments we're going to debate. we're going to pass a bill that gives our men and women in uniform the tools they need. why is that so important? look at the last year, by more than a three to one margin, we lost more men and women to tr n training deaths than combat deaths. our men and women need the tools they need to not only be able to properly train for the dangerous tasks ahead when they're deployed, but they need to have planes that don't fall out of the sky because they don't have the tools they need. that's how critical it is to get
the bill passed. our men and women have the tools to actually go and train in a safe and efficient way. that's why it's so important to get this done to stand behind the men and women in uniform. another bill we're going to pass is the right to try act. a bill that cuts through the red tape and bureaucracy at the fda and allows people that are terminally ill to have real tools they need and real drugs and access to the things they need to have a chance to save their life. this is an important bill that once we pass it in the house, it will go straight to the president's desk. president trump has been pushing for this legislation to get to his desk today. we're going to pass that bill so it ultimately gets signed into law. i want to say one thing on the farm bill. there's been a lot of
conversation about the farm bill and what happened and which republicans didn't vote for the bill. if you look at it, we're going to pass this bill. i think the most important point of last week when you break down the votes is everything single democrat voted against the bill because it actually put work requirements in place for welfare. so think about this. at a time when we've got great economic growth, because we passed this tax cut bill, the highest level of consumer confidence and people who believe they can get a job and companies are looking for workers, and at that same time, there's a policy that's paying people not to work and we said shouldn't there be a work requirement for able bodied people? if you're able to work and there's a job out there waiting for you, shouldn't you be able to go get that job rather than being on welfare? that policy alone caused every single democrat to oppose it. i think that's something that republicans, democrats and
independents across the country alike would agree was a radical no vote. ultimately, it's commonsense to say if there's a job out there waiting for you, you should have that opportunity to seek the american dream, not to continue to remain on a welfare program. >> good morning, i want to thank congress gallagher for his service to our country. his work on the committee and also he stays in shape . he wants you to make sure you know that last week he won the race. is that right? his time was slower than last year but he had the mda markup. all that being said, i want us to pause for a moment and reflect on what's going to happen on this floor this week. if you sat back and analyzed what bills are going to pass, two of them are going to become direct law to the president.
the scope and structure of how much we're dealing with, this is a big week for america and the house of representatives. largest pay raise in almost a decade, starts rebuilding. we've watched the declan ine of more than 20% -- the world hasn't gotten 20% safer. men and women are dying in training and not combat. we have to reverse that. also, doug collins' prison reform bill. it's a bipartisan bill giving individuals when they come out of prison to reenter the workforce and society after they have paid their debt. i think this is something that many in this congress has been working on for a number of congresses coming to fruition and coming out off the floor. we also have the opportunity to
try to pass right to try directly to the president. i think a lot of people know this bill, though, and the story of gordon mclinn. a young kid with muscular dystrophy. this is what inspired the vice president at the time, the governor of the indiana, to pass this bill as well in indiana. think for a moment how many times you struggle, somebody you know that has life ending diseases and if they just had another opportunity for a trial to be able to have that one more. lots of times it saves a life. why wouldn't we want to give people that opportunity? that's what we're going to do this week sending it to the president's desk. this is something the president asked for in the state of the union. many times the president has been making phone calls, so this is an actual very big success. then, something we have campaigned on for quite some
time. we've watched the capital dry off after the passage of dodd frank. there have been a lot of ideas here inside this house. we'll move the senate bill to the president's desk getting that reform, helping the economy to grow further. making community banks stronger. creating more small businesses as we go. this is going to free up a great deal of capital to help a lot. if you focus on what we're going to accomplish, sending dodd frank reform, it's going to become law. right to try. passing the ndaa and passing prison reform. all this week, while at the same time deal ing with hundreds of amendments doing the ndaa. we're committed to continuing to grow this economy. we continue to make america stronger. this week is a prime example of that accomplishment. we're going to leave this now, but you can find all comments online. taking you live to the senate